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Citing Internet Periodicals in MLA Format Works Cited Page

by Mrs Rebecca J. Chapman (2021-03-20)

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MLA citation isn't necessarily difficult, even when students have to cite periodical sources. When I need to write my paper I know that the rules change a little with the internet versions.
Many students have worked with the MLA citation format in the past and understand the basics of an MLA citation. But working with periodicals like journals, newspapers, and magazines sometimes might seem a little trickier. And while print periodicals might seem easier to cite than internet periodicals, they’re not. Just remember that the Works Cited page is meant to give readers the information they need to find the original document. That’s it. Following proper MLA citation standards helps ensure that students provide all that necessary information.

Citing Online Journal Articles in MLA Format
Internet journal articles can be found online in two ways: some journals are found directly online, while others can be accessed through a database, often one provided to students through their particular college. See below for more information about citing from a database (which happen to include many forms of periodicals).

The Write My Paper for Me service desk noting that citing a journal article found online begins with the author, followed by the title of the article, the title of the journal, the volume and issue numbers of that particular issue, the year it was published, the page range on which the article is found (and if there are no page numbers because it's online, the student will note it like so: n. pag.), the medium (in this instance, web), and finally the date of access. The biggest difference between a print journal citation and an online one is the student must add the date of access. A basic online journal citation will look like this:

Kaur, Tanveen, Divya Bishnoi, and Badaruddoza. "Effect of Sex on Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) with Respect to Blood Pressure, BMI and WHR among Punjabi Population." International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 2.9 (2010): 263-270. Web. 3 Oct. 2010.
Web citations include a date of access because, unlike print publications, web publications can and do change frequently.

Citing Online Newspaper Articles in MLA Format
Just like a journal article, the newspaper citation begins with the author's name, followed by the article title and newspaper title. Different from citing a print newspaper, the student must next list the sponsor or publisher of the site (listed in the citation as "N.p." if there is none). Next in the citation is the date of publication, followed by the medium and date of access. A basic citation will look like this:

Blevins, Jason. "Eco-groups Line up on Both Sides of Christo Project." The Denver Post, 3 Oct. 2010. Web. 3 Oct. 2010.
Like journal articles, newspaper articles can also be found in databases.

Citing Online Magazine Articles in MLA Format
Just like journal and newspaper articles, the online magazine citation begins with the author's name, followed by the article title and magazine title. The citation then includes the sponsor or publisher of the site (like newspapers, if there is none, it is noted with "N.p."). Finally, the citation includes the date of publication, the medium, and the date of access. A basic citation looks like this:

Hegedus, Nathan. "I Will Put My Little Boy in Pink Pants." Salon Media Group, 2 Oct. 2010. Web. 3 Oct. 2010.
Magazine articles can also be found in databases. For example WriteMyPaper.NYC.

Citing Periodicals Found in an Online Database
The good news is that the basic information cited is still the same and in the same order as the print version, no matter what type of periodical it is. The only difference is that, after the basic print citation information is listed, what follows is an indication to the reader of what database the article was accessed from and other pertinent information, specifically, the medium (web) and the date of access. A basic journal citation found in a database would look like this:

Schur, Richard L. “Locating ‘Paradise’ in the Post-Civil Rights Era: Toni Morrison and Critical Race Theory.” Contemporary Literature 45.2 (2004): 276-99. EBSCOhost. Web. 24 Apr. 2007.
Because databases usually make it easy for students to find dozens of articles on their chosen topic, it's important to know how to cite sources found in this fashion.

Citing Online Periodicals is No More Difficult than Citing Print Periodicals
Some students might be worried that citing periodicals is difficult, and if these students must refer to a guide to ensure accuracy, that's okay. Students may worry because citing book sources might seem more clear-cut, but periodicals, especially online periodicals, really aren't any trickier than other sources. Each type of periodical involves using a slightly different format, which can make the process seem confusing. However, the more a student works with citing these types of sources, the more confident he will be and the easier it will become.
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